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Md. County Council Criticized for Take-Home Cars

The Prince George County (Md.) Council has drawn criticism for costing the county $110,000 a year on automobile allowances and take-home cars.

(from l. to r.) Peter Rander, Mark Fields, Bryan Salesky, and Raj Nair

Ford Invests $1B Toward 2021 Autonomous Vehicle

Ford will invest $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI, a startup focusing on artificial intelligence, to develop a software platform for a fully autonomous vehicle it plans to make available for ride hailing in 2021.

Calif. Water District Caught Misspending Funds

A report from the California State Controller found that Panoche Water District employees misspent funds, with several large purchases for personal use including 50 take-home vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz Metris Concept Highlights Van Upfitting

Mercedes-Benz is showing a Metris concept van at the Chicago Auto Show that's designed to highlight its new MasterSolutions ship-through upfitting program.

IronPlanet to Hold Four-Day Equipment Auction

IronPlanet is organizing a four-day auction featuring a wide range of late-model, low-hour equipment from Caterpillar, Volvo, John Deere, Komatsu, JLG, Genie and more. The event will run from Feb. 13 to 17 and take place in Kissimmee, Fla.

PERC Launches Quarterly Newsletter

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is launching a newsletter for transportation professionals interested in propane autogas.

Stertil-Koni Awarded NASPO Valuepoint Contract

Heavy-duty vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni has been awarded the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Master Agreement for Vehicle Lifts And Garage Associated Equipment.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Pickups Show Lowest January Depreciation

Small and large pickups were among the top performing segments in January with a 1.1% depreciation rate among two- to six-year-old vehicles sold in auction lanes, according to Black Book.

Photo courtesy of State of West Virginia

Audit: W.Va. Has High Utilization Minimum

A utilization audit of the State of West Virginia fleet found that it has the highest minimum mile requirement of the 10 states reviewed. The state’s minimum utilization is set at 1,100 miles per month.

Photo courtesy of FCA.

FCA Launches Officer Protection Package for Charger Pursuit

All 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles will come with technology that detects potential ambushes from the rear while a vehicle is parked. It will come at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies.

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Sheriff Delays Scheduled Transfer of Patrol Trucks to Public Works

The Labette County (Kan.) Sheriff is delaying the transfer of patrol trucks to the Public Works Department despite the departments’ agreement to transfer ownership of the trucks at a certain time.

Sceenshot: WTNH New Haven, Conn.

Winter Storm Pounding Northeast

Winter storm Niko is pummeling the Northeast along the corridor running from Boston to Washington. Governors of several Northeastern states, including New York and Connecticut, are urging motorists to stay off the roads for safety’s sake and to enable snow removal.

Photo via Wikimedia/Matti Blume

Police Depts. Add Armored Vehicles

Police departments from around the country are adding armored vehicles to their fleets. Some are receiving military surplus equipment while others are purchasing new vehicles with donations or federal funds.

2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV courtesy of GM

Tenn. City Speeds Up Replacements to Order Caprice PPV

The City of Spring Hill, Tenn., is getting a head start on its vehicle purchases for the year to meet the deadline for Chevrolet Caprice PPV orders.

N.J. City Seeks to Replace 3-Year-Old Sweepers

The City of Paterson, N.J., is seeking $1 million to purchase new street sweepers only three years after it spent $1.24 million on the last batch.

Photo by Vince Taroc

Pa. Halves Treasury’s Vehicle Pool

Pennsylvania's new treasurer will reduce the treasury fleet, forgo using a dedicated state car, and end the practice of assigning cars to staff members.

Photo via Flickr/Brandon Giesbrecht

Ind. City Approves $2.3M for New Fire Trucks

Gary Common Council (Ind.) approved $2.3 million to purchase five new fire trucks in an effort to replace the fire department's aging fleet.

Alliance AutoGas is partnering with the La Crosse, Wis., Police Department to convert two Jeep Wranglers in a friendly side-by-side team competition.(Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas)

Alliance AutoGas Announces Live Propane Autogas Conversion

Continuing in the spirit of last years’ “Fastest Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion” of the Ford F-150, Alliance AutoGas is taking a live autogas conversion one step further at the 2017 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Photo courtesy of City of Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Adopts Renewable Diesel

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the latest public fleet to adopt renewable diesel. Currently, the city is using renewable diesel in its central fuels station, which fuels all public works vehicles.

Photo via Wikimedia commons

Pickens Urges Okla. to Distribute VW Settlement Funds

T. Boone Pickens is urging the State of Oklahoma to distribute its portion of the Volkswagen emissions settlement funds to private sector fleets instead of using it entirely on the state fleet.

Photo of 2018 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Lighter, More Powerful Ford Expedition Arrives for 2018

Ford's 2018 Expedition will enter its fourth generation with a more powerful V-6 engine, lighter-weight body and frame, and an array of technology upgrades such as onboard Wi-Fi, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and more connectivity.

Map of planned electric corridors courtesy of rockymountainpower.net.

DOE Funds Rocky Mountain EV Charging Network

The U.S. Energy Department is giving $4 million to build DC fast chargers and develop smart mobility programs to increase electric car-sharing and the use of electric bikes and buses.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV by Paul Clinton.

ALG Sets Bolt EV's Residual Value

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV should retain as much as 39% of its value after three years of retail leasing, which is significantly better than other mainstream competitors, according to ALG.

Diesel Prices Fall, But Just Barely

For the fourth week in a row, diesel prices fell in the U.S., this time by less than half a cent, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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